When we bought the trailer the folding couch/bed had been stripped down to the frame and covered with plywood to make a permanent bed. We thought about restoring the convertible couch, but decided it would be too much work and expense to re-upholster it. We added a wood trim piece to the front edge of the bed.
TomCon was fully decked out for modern living, but camping is a more minimalist pursuit for us. We decided to take out the microwave that had been installed so we could gain some more cupboard space. Whoever installed the microwave cut a hole in the cupboard door and then nailed the remaining frame to the face of the cabinet. We were able to remove the narrow frame to start rebuilding the cupboard door.
We primed and painted the frame. On one of our runs to Home Depot we saw some perforated sheet metal and thought that would add some interest to the door, instead of just using luan to fill in.
Craig cut the metal to fit and created a wood inner frame to cover the edge of the metal. Then we primed and painted it. It made a great looking door!
Our cupboard was now available for our dishes, glasses (acrylic, of course) and a cute wine rack I found at Target. Cheers!
Last weekend we headed to Lynx Lake in Prescott, AZ with our mostly-finished 1990 Terry Trailer. It is a seriously cute little trailer, and this was our first trip. Daughter Sam and her husband, Dave, brought their tent along for the weekend.
The Lynx Lake campground is one of our favorites. It has 35 sites, no hookup or dump station. (We use the “facilities” at Affinity RV on our way out of town.) In summer Prescott is significantly cooler than the Phoenix area (especially after the sun goes down) and the lake is beautiful. There are tall pines, lots of birds and one nosy skunk. Our campsite was huge, with a ramada, fire pit, 2 tables and plenty of room for Sam and Dave’s tent. We rented kayaks and a fishing boat and trekked the 2.4 mile trail around the lake. It’s an easy drive into Prescott for art shows, coffee shops, restaurants, Whiskey Row and antique shops. We also visited the Superstition Meadery for a mead tasting.
One of the biggest perks (ha ha) of trailer camping is not having to get dressed and go outside for coffee in the morning! Just roll out of bed and light the burner. Even without hookup the stove, fridge and hot water heater run on propane and the water pump and lights run on battery. So you can use the bathroom, shower, wash dishes, keep food cold, cook and you don’t have to wear a headlamp when you’re trying to get ready for bed.
It was a great weekend, but now we’re back in the Phoenix heat, with a few more details to finish up on Terry. Our next trip may be to one of our favorite campgrounds in Flagstaff and a hike up to the 12,637 foot peak of Mt. Humphreys. For now, we’ve added Prescott to our trip board.
We bought this 15 ft. single-axle Terry trailer from Mitch, who used it solely for hunting trips with the guys. We don’t think Mitch ever cleaned any part of this trailer – it was filthy. He didn’t know if the air conditioning or water heater worked because he never used them. Any maintenance that he did do was minimal. The windows had leaked, so we had to replace a few areas of paneling, build new interior window frames and of course, caulk the outside of all the windows. But, overall it was a solid little trailer. We liked the smaller size that any SUV could tow.
I especially loved the windshield reflector used as insulation in the back window. There was disintegrated bubble wrap behind the curtains as well.
Here are a few before and after shots:
Here are some Before and After shots of our makeover on TomCon